6 tips to making meal prep a breeze

6 Tips To Make Meal Prep A Breeze

Meal prep is what will you set you apart from the rest of the world when it comes to making the time to prioritize health and fitness in your life. The 6 tips will be game changers for you if you struggle with time!

Time is always everyone’s big struggle. “If I only had more time.” Sorry about your luck, but everyone from the corporate executive to the mom with four kids to the single twenty something grad student all share the exact same amount of time.

It’s not more time we need…it’s making the most of the time we have and one of the best ways to do that is to schedule it.

Yes, schedule your health and fitness time. Let’s face it, if your health sucks, so does everything else in your life. Maybe not today, probably not tomorrow, but ignore your health long enough and everything else will go with it.

Time for making healthy meals is one of the areas that my clients always find challenging when we start together and with a few simple tips, they become time shifters!

Meal Prep Tips: 6 tips to make meal prep a breeze!

  1. Schedule The Time
    There are two times you need to schedule. In the evenings to prepare lunch, breakfast and snacks for the next day. A block of time on Saturday or Sunday (or whenever you enjoy a day off) to batch prepare food. You won’t need more than 20 minutes an evening or 2 hours on your free day.
  2. Design A Menu
    For me this was HUGE! I lay out in menu form what my families meals will look like for the coming week. (I actually do two weeks at time). This guides me for my shopping needs, my batch prep time and saves a lot of time and ‘last minute mistakes’, “There’s nothing to eat”
    There’s always something to eat when you plan it, make it, prepare it.
  3. Storage
    Don’t overlook this super simple fact of life. Having the proper storage containers makes EVERYTHING about meal prep easier. From portion size, to convenience, having great storage containers that can go from the fridge/freezer to the microwave and be your plate saves time and
    money!
    I use the “FitPakcer – Meal Prep Containers” pictured on the left and centre [AF]. There are lots of different options available.6 tips to making meal prep a breeze Fitpacker
  4. Pre-Packaged Healthy Foods Can Help
    Pre-cut vegetables, microwave veggies, rice, pre-cooked chicken, turkey…all of these can come in handy and really cut down on prep time. But, make sure you read the labels. You want just the pure food that is on the label with minimal additives and preservative and NO ADDED SUGAR!
  5. Shop Smart
    Foods and supplies that can be bought in bulk are the way to go, but you can’t always do that with fresh foods and you need to buy a couple of time per week. I shop for bulk items whenever I can so that my quick trips to the grocery store are just that.
    Make a list and stick to it that is designed from your menu. This will save you time and money.
  6. Make It A Family Affair
    I involve my kids and my husband in our meal planning and the prep. The kids love having input into what the menu will be for supper and for their lunches and the extra hands on batch prep days makes for less time in the kitchen and more time for play and fun!

I guarantee when you use these 6 tips to make meal prep a breeze you will save time and money and it won’t take long before it becomes fast and second nature!

Do you use any of these tips already?  Let me know how it works for you and what other tips and tricks you use to stay pin track.

If you haven’t used any of these, try it and let me know how much of a game changer it is for you!

 

Carrot Cake Energy And Protein Balls: Paleo Goodness

When you think of Easter you think, “Bunnies” and when you think of bunnies you think of carrots!

Carrot Cake is my husbands favorite kind of cake so for Easter, we do these up as a little treat.

Paleo Carrot Cake Energy Balls
Carrot Cake Protein Balls
and a special (very limited)
Coconut Cream Icing.

At the bottom of this post there is a link to a Facebook Live I did making these for my #FitFriends!

Enjoy!!

Paleo Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Carrot Cake Paleo Energy Balls

1 Cup peeled and shredded carrots
3/4 Cups pecans
1 Egg white
1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoons + 2 Teaspoons Coconut Flour
2 Tablespoons ground Hemp seeds

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a bender (I use a NutriBullet), pulse the pecans until they are a fine chop (about four pulses).
  • Whisk the egg white until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold together the carrots, pecans and egg whites in a bowl.
  • Add the cinnamon, honey, coconut flour and hemp seeds.
  • Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Take 2 tablespoons of the mixture, compress it in your hands and then gently roll into a ball and place on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12 – 15 minutes.

Carrot Cake Protein Balls

Carrot Cake Protein Balls

1/2 Cup Nut Butter (I used Almond Butter)
1 Cup Oat bran
3/4 Cup Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Almond Milk
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 Cup shredded peeled carrots
2 Tablespoons honey

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Once mixed, add in the carrots.
  • Add in the nut butter and honey and mix until it is all together.  Add in the milk a bit at a time to make the dough a good consistency to roll into balls.
  • Roll into balls and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet or plate.
  • Chill in the refrigerator.

Coconut Cream Icing

1/4 cup coconut oil, softened (room temperature)
1/4 cup dairy-free butter substitute, softened (like Earth Balance; I use soy-free.)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted powdered sweetener (I use my NutriBullet and blend the sweetener to turn it into powder)
1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk.

Directions

  • Whip coconut oil and butter together until smooth and creamy.
  • Add vanilla extract and powdered sweetener, one cup at a time, mixing well between each cup.
  • Add the milk, a little at a time, using less for thick frosting and more for a thin frosting. I used 1 tbsp in the Facebook Live.
  • Store in airtight container in the fridge up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature to use (do not microwave frosting).

 

brown derby cobb salad

Disney’s Brown Derby Cobb Salad

Disney’s, “Brown Derby Cobb Salad” is not just your regular run of the mill Cobb Salad.

Let’s be honest here. Anyone can make a Cobb Salad…yawn.

But, to make a Cobb Salad that makes you forget you’re eating a salad, well that is something special!

The Disney Chefs make amazing food and the masterminds behind the Hollywood Brown Derby Salad, which is a restaurant in Hollywood Studios turn salad up a notch! 

Don’t get me wrong here. By no means do I believe I can out chef a Disney Chef, however,  I decided to take the Brown Derby Salad Dressing and ‘healthify‘ it… Carrie style.

I made this live on Facebook so you can see just how easy it is! Click here to watch the broadcast.

Enjoy!

Brown Derby Cobb Salad

Chopped Lettuce
Sliced egg
Crumbled turkey bacon
Diced tomato
Cubed avocado
Get Creative, add in leftover veggies or meat
This is your salad, enjoy it!!
Dressing
1 tbsp water
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1-2 cloves of crushed garlic
1 tsp Worcestershire
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp sweetener
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 cup avocado oil
Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a small mason jar and shake to mix.
Pour over your salad and toss.

What’s Missing?

Cobb Salad connoisseurs will tell you that the cheese is missing.
Brown Derby experts will tell you that the Blue Cheese is missing.

Live a little… you don’t need cheese on your salad! Go without… you won’t even miss it.

brown derby cobb salad dressing is amazing

I often get asked questions about salad dressings. We all know that salads are a great way to increase our vegetable intake. But many people find them kind of boring.

So, questions about how to, “Turn them up a notch” will often come up and usually the thought is with the dressing. I agree! BUT NOT THE STORE BOUGHT SOLUTIONS.

Most (not all), but most store-bought dressings are jacked full of additives, sugars, stabilizers, fillers and stuff you just don’t need or want in your food.

Homemade salad dressings are super easy, full of amazing flavor and can turn any boring salad into a special meal.

Experiment, find something you like and go with it.

Looking for other options?
You can try one of these as well:

‘1905’ Salad Dressing – Video
Caesar Salad Dressing – Blog

fresh food hacks. keeping your produce and fresh food longer.

Fresh Food Hacks: Keep Your Food Fresher, Longer

Fresh food hacks are just smart!! Especially, if you’re like me, you hate throwing out food.

Our smart friends over at Fix.com feel the same way so they came up with a chart to help you keep your food fresher, longer!  This is smart since it saves you time and money!

Like they say, “By using proper storage methods, you can extend the lifespan of your produce by days or even weeks.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reached for some produce that I just bought only to find it going rotten.

Thanks to this infographic, you’ll never have the same problem as me…and I’ll never have it again!

Check it out…
FRESH FOOD HACKS TO KEEP YOUR BOUNTY FRESHER, LONGER

fresh food hacks from Fix.com
Source: Fix.com Blog

 

Sweet And Sour Chicken that is gluten free and paleo friendly

Sweet And Sour Chicken: Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly

Sweet and sour chicken is an absolute must when my family thinks about Chinese Food. But, man, the calories, the sugar and everything else that a healthy diet focuses on avoiding is all over a normal offering.

This is the recipe I did the other night on Facebook Live. I looked at four different recipes that all claimed to be delicious, gluten free and paleo friendly and you know what? They were all just, meh.

So I decided to start from scratch and put a fresh recipe together and this one is AWESOME!

My kids were all over it!

Here you go!

Sweet And Sour Chicken

Ingredients
1 pound of skinless boneless chicken, cut into chunks
1/2 cup of tapioca flour or arrowroot flour
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt + 1 tsp pepper
1-2 tsp paprika
1 large egg
1-2 tbsp water
Mix
Sauce
1/2 cup honey or coconut sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup of chicken stock
1 clove crushed garlic
1 tsp crushed ginger
Salt/Pepper
Directions
Coat the chicken pieces in the flour mixture, then add the chicken into the egg mixture – for extra crispy, add the chicken back into the flour mixture.
You can bake the chicken for 25min at 350
or use 1/4 – 1/2 cup oil in a skillet and fry it for 2-3 minutes per side.
Add all of the sauce ingredients into a small sauce pan, whisk together. On a medium / high heat, bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat.
Once your chicken is done, toss the chicken into the sauce.
Pair this with a veggie stir fry and/or cauliflower rice.
You and your family will agree, this is spectacular!

Healthy Eating Plus A Plan Means Success

There are gazillions of DIFFERENT diet and exercise programs being used.

Are they all right for your personal situation, probably not.

Is there one that will suit your lifestyle and your goals, probably.

Whichever plan you choose:

  • You’ll have to work
  • You’ll have to care about your health
  • You’ll have to get results
  • You’ll have to abide by basic science principles
If there is something out there that makes no sense, I will always let you know. I am not anti other plans or protocols.

I am however:

  • Anti hype from self proclaimed experts #BroScience
  • Anti selling false hope
  • Anti lying to people
  • Anti hard selling someone so badly that you make them feel inadequate unless they buy your stupid false claim supplements
  • Anti encouraging trainers to rip clients off and provide levels of service that are laughable for the sake of doing it.

Get clear on your goals and what you actually want to achieve and you’ll find this program is easy!

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Tomorrow morning another group of new #FitFriends will be starting the Metabolism Reset Plan.
It is a 28 day plan that has been designed to get you results.

  • Weight loss
  • Getting smaller
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Joni did it she has the energy to chase here son around and actually make him tired!

Just think how you will feel when you look in the mirror and instead of saying, “I wish I could have a smaller waist and firmer arms”, you were able to say, “Look at me. I’m smaller, I’m stronger and I have way more confidence than I did before.”
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Sweet potato ketogenci and paleo approved nachos

Sweet Potato Chips: Ketogenic, Paleo Friendly…AWESOME NACHOS

Sweet potato is an amazing alternative to corn chips or tortillas for making amazing nachos, or even just as a replacement for potato chips.

We don’t even have to mention the great health benefits of sweet potato compared to regular potatoes and when you bake them instead of deep frying….WHOA it gets even better.

I made this recipe for Facebook Live and my #FitFriends were loving it! https://www.facebook.com/iamcarrieburrows/videos/10154167938912003/

I bet if you make this your kids will devour it and you won’t ever miss the crappy ones you used to eat!

When you make it, tag me or leave me a comment here to let me know how you customized it and made it your own…there are so many options.

Guacamole
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1-2 tbsp lime juice
2 mashed avocado
2 tbsp green onions, chopped

Option 2 (the fast option)
2 avocados
1-3 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
pepper

For the sweet potato chips
2 large sweet potatoes
3 tbsp avocado oil
1 tsp salt

For the meat
1 onion, finely diced (optional)
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey, chicken, venison)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt/pepper
Your choice of seasonings:
chili powder, Mrs Dash

Option 2 (the fast option)
Ground meat
Salt/pepper to taste
1-3 tsp garlic powder
1-3 tsp onion powder
12 oz. canned diced tomatoes or 1 cup of salsa

Directions
To make the sweet potato chips, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Slice thinly, using either a mandolin or sharp knife. In a large bowl, toss them with the oil and salt. Place the chips in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then flip the chips over and bake for another 10 minutes. For the last ten minutes, watch the chips closely and pull off any chips that start to brown, until all of the chips are cooked.

While the sweet potato chips are baking, start browning the meat. Add the onion to the pan and sauté until softened. Add the ground beef and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the garlic, spices and stir well to combine.

Cook until it is no longer pink.

Cut and scoop out the avocado. Mash the avocado, add in your seasonings (option 1 or 2)

To assemble the nachos, form a large circle with the sweet potato chips on a platter. Add the beef mixture into the middle of the circle, and then top with guacamole, salsa and green onions.

Mini Pepper Nachos
Slice the peppers in half
Fill them with the meat, guacamole and top with salsa or diced tomatoes.

Note: My husband makes the sweet potato slightly different (he has way more patience).
When he does the sweet potato chips, he sets the over for 250 and lets them back for 90 minutes, flipping them halfway through. They get a little crispier this way.

Looking for more healthy recipes??
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Korean Beef Recipe: Bulgogi

Korean Barbecue Beef has been a favorite dish of mine for a long time. Even so, I had no idea what Bulgogi was but I knew I didn’t like it.  That is until a friend pointed out to me, Bulgogi is marinated beef, thinly sliced, grilled on a barbecue…Korean Beef.

Lesson here: Don’t ever judge a great dish by its name.

When I was looking to see how easy it is to cook at home, I came across Seonkyoung Longest with a non-complicated recipe that looked good.

A hack here and an adjustment there and I am now fascinated with re-doing Asian dishes with a health overhaul (when needed). The nice thing about a lot of Asian dishes, is the don’t often require a lot of touch ups.

Korean Beef Recipe: Bulgogi at home.

Here is the Korean Beef Bulgogi Dish I made on Facebook Live.

Ingredients
2 cups sliced onions (I used sweet onions).
5 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp Sesame Oil
3 tbsp Liquid Coconut Aminos or light soy
2 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 pounds thin sliced beef (I used ribeye)

Directions:
Cut the beef into 1″ strips
Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes minimum, up to 24 hours.
(In a pinch, you can use a food saver vacuum sealer bag and cut the marinating time down substantially.)

Heat your skillet to med-high and stir-fry all the ingredients until the meat has been cooked (about 5 – 8 minutes).

Serve with, riced cauliflower, zoodles, spaghetti squash and you have a killer good meal!

When you make this, tag me on Facebook and let me know how it worked out for you. I’m sure you’ll love it!!